Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0: Stamford Bridge stalemate as Sanchez sits out

Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0: Stamford Bridge stalemate as Sanchez sits out

The result means that all three competitive fixtures between the two sides this season have ended in draws, with one more to come when Arsenal welcome Chelsea to the Emirates for the return leg later this month.

The cerebral 68-year-old Frenchman, whose side will bid to bounce back after crashing out of the FA Cup to second-tier Nottingham Forest, is serving another touchline ban just as he did last February when the two sides met in the league.

And despite the changes, Arsenal had the better of the opening 20 minutes with Jack Wilshere looking particularly lively in midfield.

Hazard missed the Blues goalless draw with Norwich in the FA Cup on the weekend.

Antonio Conte's side dominated possession for long periods at Stamford Bridge - where the Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) was in operation - but lacked the killer instinct required to take a step towards the final.

Moses was proving a problem for young left-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles and the Nigerian found space for another shot moments later, this time his low shot hit Ospina's near post before Arsenal scrambled it away.

Morata was unable to adjust his feet and convert when Marcos Alonso flicked Fabregas' 54th-minute corner in his direction and the forward then tested Ospina from range.

Wilshere went down after blocking a cross from Victor Moses and tried to shake the injury off in the next couple of minutes.

In the absence of Wilshere, Arsenal looked even less likely to regain their earlier control and Mustafi blocked from Moses before Christensen again showed himself to be nowhere near as adept in the opposition box as in his own with another limp header.

Atkinson again consulted VAR when Danny Welbeck appeared to catch Fabregas in the area with only minutes remaining, but again after some time the spot-kick wasn't awarded.